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November’s End

It has literally just occurred to me that today is the last day of November.  Where did this month go?!  Things have definitely been hectic, but the least I can do is this one last blog post before the month is over!

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[1] We kicked off the month with my bridal shower! [2] We finally got to play the SNES! (in my wedding make-up) [3] We had a big meeting with our wedding venue and things got so real.  Are you sensing a theme here?! [4] I finally got my hands on some of Essie Wild Nude’s including my new favorite, “Exposed.” [5] ULTRA SUN & ULTRA MOON RELEASED! [6] We put our Christmas tree up! [7] I rocked many a moon, including this sweater from J. Crew & gorgeous Alex & Ani necklace. [8] This dachshund creamer arrived in the mail the other day as a shower gift from my friend Kelsey! [9] We tried Tora, a new restaurant in Chinatown, and loved it!

I think things are only going to be more hectic as we wrap up 2017!  What were your favorite November moments?

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Essie Gel Couture

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Lately, nothing compares to Essie Gel Couture.  I love this nail polish, guys.

Let me start by saying I’ve never gotten a gel manicure before in my life.  I own far too many bottles of nail polish to pay someone else to do them.  I have tried the at-home version before with a brand I thought I liked.  I bought the special polish and the special gel top coat but I actually found the quality to be worse than if I did regular polish & regular top coat.  I thought I’d never bother trying again.

Something about Essie swayed me though, and I picked up the Gel Couture color Pre-Show Jitters. It was the exact color I was looking for; though it’s technically white, there’s just a slight pink hue.  I picked up the Gel Couture top coat too, and instantly it felt different than my previous foray into at-home gel manicures.

I loved the color and rocked Gel Couture at a wedding I went to recently.  I didn’t notice a single chip or scratch, despite doing my nails 3 days before the event.  When I do my nails, I usually get a good week out of a manicure– usually 5 days and I push it to 7 with some chips and scratches.  With Gel Couture, I went a full 2 weeks without a chip.  They looked completely fresh for a good 10 days, with maybe some minor scratches by the time day 14 rolled around.

I’ve done my nails many times since then, but I keep thinking about that Gel Couture… and I can’t wait to add new colors to my collection!

Get yourself some Essie Gel Couture now and thank me later.

Essie Fall 2016

I’ve been obsessed with Essie’s upcoming fall collection since I first spotted the nail colors via instagram in mid-August.  When I did a big of digging, I learned that these colors were inspired by Tokyo, Japan– my dream destination.

As stuck as I’ve been in my summer pastels, Essie’s fall collection is getting my hyped for rich, fall colors.

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  • playing koi is a rusty orange – don’t we all love orange in the fall?
  • maki mi happy is a berry color that will translate well from sunny days to winter holidays.
  • kimono-over is a dark plum – I love almost-blacks in the cool months as much as I love almost-whites in the warm ones.
  • now and zen is the grey-green I’ve been looking for forever.
  • udon know me is a “mysterious stony blue” and maybe the least “fall” in the collection, but definitely the most me!
  • go go geisha is an antique pink – the perfect mix of color and neutral.

I might just have to get this whole collections!  Which ones are drawing your eye?

March Beauty Favorites

I usually find March to be such a long, tiresome month.  This year, though, I think it kind of flew by!  I’m grateful for that.  I’ve got a few more beauty favorites from the month to share with you. Let’s jump in!

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[Julep Body Milk] + The consistency of this lotion has become my new favorite.  It’s dry skin season, so I’ve been applying this on my legs after every shower, whether or not I’ve shaved my legs.  It is more liquid than most lotions, but oh so hydrating.  It’s not sticky at all either, so I can immediately lotion my legs then slip into bed… because I’m super lazy.  I’ve used this religiously since I received it in my first Julep Maven Box and will have to repurchase soon!

[Benefit Speed Brow] + This tinted brow gel is my first foray into brow gels.  I considered a clear one, then a tinted one, but ultimately chose this as sort of a middle ground.  My hair is blonde (naturally, dark blonde or caramel) but my brows are more of a medium brown.  I was afraid to pick the wrong shade.  This tint is so faint that it’s not going to overwhelm.  The gel also dries to feel perfectly natural and keeps your brows in shape!

[Benefit Roller Lash Mascara] + I didn’t think this was for me because my eyelashes have a natural curl going on.  After reading a few reviews, I was intrigued about the brush. While waiting to get my brows done at Benefit, I had them try it on me.  Needless to say, I loved it and ended up purchasing.  I especially like that it’s supposed to help your lashes grow!

[Bite Agave Lip Mask]Chapped lips have been more of a problem for me this year than ever before, especially since I’m so into lipstick lately!  I’d heard that this has transformative powers and couldn’t wait to give it a try.  From just one treatment, my lips are softer to the touch.  I’ve used it about three times now and am very satisfied.  It’s so thick and is actually quite difficult to squeeze out.  But it works!

[Julep Shelly Essie Bikini So Teeny] + I’m all about pastels this time of year!  My two favorite polishes this month have both been shades of blue.  I’ve loved Julep’s Shelley, an almost minty blue, and Essie’s Bikini So Teeny, a more muted pastel blue great for spring or summer.  You can see both on my nails on my instagram.

 

What are your beauty favorites as of late?